THEATRE – Impro Unwrapped – Bakehouse – Sun 8th Dec

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Christmas comes but once a year. For most of us, it’s a time of giving, of laughter and joy.

But for some less fortunate in our community, Christmas doesn’t come at all.

So this festive season, On the Fly is hoping to spread some Christmas cheer with their charity show, Impro Unwrapped.

This is how it works:

The audience brings shiny-new, wrapped Christmas gifts to the show to go under our on-stage tree. The On the Fly players randomly select and unwrap gifts during the show as inspiration for Christmas stories and songs all made up on the spot, without a script. At the end of the night, the presents that were used in scenes are re-wrapped and all gifts are then donated to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal, to pass on to those less fortunate this Christmas.

On the Fly artistic director Eugene Suleau: “Impro Unwrapped is our charity fundraiser for the year. It’s a chance for our players to have some fun, while knowing we’re doing something good for the community. Likewise, it’s an opportunity for our audience to do something nice at Christmas time while enjoying the fun of an impro show.”

Impro Unwrapped started interstate in 2011 and has since spread across Australia and to New Zealand. “On the Fly ran the successful Theatresports Celebrity Challenge for more than a decade where we raised over $10,000 for The Humour Foundation. Last year we decided to look for something fresh and when our colleagues interstate contacted us about being part of Impro Unwrapped we thought it was a great concept, so naturally we said yes”, says Eugene.

What sort of presents should the audience bring? “Well, it must be new. That’s important”, says Eugene. “Other than that, it can be anything that you think someone less fortunate might like or could use at Christmas time. And you can spend as much or as little as you like.”

And if you can’t find anything suitable? “You can still come to the show by all means, but we’ll charge you a little bit extra for your ticket. Those who do come bearing gifts will get a discount on their ticket price”, says Eugene. “Profits from the show, as well as all the presents, will be donated to Vinnies. So we’re really hoping for a sled-load!”

What: Impro Unwrapped, presented by On the Fly.
When: Sunday 8 December, 2013 at 7pm
Where: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas St Adelaide
Tickets: Adults $12 with a gift ($20 without)
Concession $9 with a gift ($15 without).


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